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Buy a computer for the upcoming years, not for today. Let's assume you are still at an university and that you probably want to get a computer for gaming purposes. In about a year you will graduate and have a very mobile life, but you're out of money to get a new laptop and the company laptop can't be taken home. Wouldn't you wish you had bought a laptop? ...


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If you want to go low-level and aren't afraid of DOS/Unix applications, I've found MHDD and SmartUDM, available on Hiren's Boot CD and UBCD next to other great tools (scroll down to see a list). If you prefer using something with a GUI there is HD Tune, which comes in a free and a pro version. Or when you use Linux, there is the combination of ...


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I use a normal keyboard at work, and have one of these fancy keyboards at home. I can touchtype with the same speed on both of them. When you do switch between different keyboards after extended periods (laptop v/s regular, for example) it does take a little time to get used to they key placement, but within a few minutes of typing, you will get used to it ...


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Two weeks is hardly an extended period of time :-) Get yourself one of those 12 V DC - 220 V AC adapters. They are not part of the usual equipment that charters come with (or privately owned sailboats), but they're worth having. Very useful for charging all kind of electronic devices for which you haven't got special adapters. That takes care of ...


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Ram is the cheapest and best "bang for your buck" performance gain. The l2 cache is built onto the processor, so that would go directly with the processor choice. Processor can make a big difference depending on the type of work you do. A quick performance gain these days is to make sure you get a dual-core processor. Games will require a good video card ...


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TL;DR answer: A video card upgrade is usually limited to the amount of power available from the PSU after subtracting your system's current power consumption. I won't give a specific shopping recommendation here, as that's likely to be less useful than the general advice I'm giving here. In the following text, I am assuming that you cannot or are not ...


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Take longevity into account when selecting components. If it will last 10 years, buy the best model. If 1 year, don't spend too much. Here's a rough breakdown from my PC: Chassis (11 years) Kinesis Keyboard (11 years) Audio Card (11 years) Power Supply (4 years) Motherboard (3 years) Memory (3 years) Graphics Card (3 years) Processor (2 years) Hard Disk ...


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We’ve also been looking for these for a long time, but no one seemed to make a USB 3.0 Gigabit Ethernet adapter until just this year (2012). But we needed them for a different purpose; we don’t do virtualization but needed to add second full Gigabit Ethernet port to the laptops we send out to be used as network diagnostics equipment. We used to use ...


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Before You Go Shopping: Write down on paper EVERYTHING you need and everything you want! The last thing you want is to get enticed by a seemingly great laptop, for example, only to find out that it's missing a critical feature you really needed (e.g. a DVD drive, a high-resolution monitor, low weight, etc.) Regarding the specifics: How do I find out ...


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I have a Linksys WRT310N, which has 4 ports of Gig-E and Draft-N WiFi. The antennae are internal, which looks nice. It can run the open source firmwares like DD-WRT. See this wiki article for some details. $95 from Newegg


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There is no "limit" per se set by Windows. You are only limited by your ability to implement the hardware to support it. However, in order to make the maximum use of it and to make sure it works smoothly together, all of your video cards should use the same driver. If you start mixing different video cards/drivers it starts to have problems.


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It would actually have probably NO effect. Anti-static bags are not anti like anti-gravity is anti to gravity. Anti Static prevents the transfer of static or ESD, it does not destroy energy. Rubbing your body with anti-static bags would mean the static on you would be reflected back on you. In short, its about the least effective method I can think of to ...


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Different Uses and Environments Consumer-grade Core processors are designed for everyday desktop or gaming applications and are therefore optimized to operate at higher clock speeds. Most consumer applications cannot take advantage of more than a few processor cores and would benefit significantly more from a processor that operates at 4+ GHz than having 8 ...


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It seems unlikely. This appears to be the only site currently offering a (partial) view of the inside of the Pixel. The instructions on disassembly have been taken down "temporarily", but until an enthusiast dismantles one this the best chance to find out if the SSD is integrated to the mainboard or is a removable module. There are chips visible in the ...


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Dedicated devices can be very expensive. If you have a few days, I would personally just use your own copier and "just do it" as boring as it is. A solution in the middle is to use a company who can do the copying for you - (You are USA from profile so you are best off googling yourself) I just found a few companies in the UK willing to do DVD copying in ...


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Yes, it's possible to watch TV in a window. All modern tuners and their associated software should be capable of this, whether it's a PCI card or a USB device. Needless to say, you will need a reasonably modern PC to avoid any performance issues or jerkiness. If you have Windows Media Centre, e.g. on Vista Home Premium then you can use that as your viewing ...


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SilentPCReview, which Strop mentioned above, maintains an occasionally-updated list of their recommended case fans. Obviously you can only do so much with 80 mm fans. They also have a list of recommended heatsinks, but I've found that you need to do more of your own research in this area, simply because there are so many brands and models to choose from ...


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I realize this question was asked quite a while ago... I've had very good luck with a pair of WRT320N routers running DD-WRT. Got them refurbished & I've been punishing both of them ever since I brought them home & loaded them with DD-WRT. There is a very good thread regarding DD-WRT & the WRT320N, if you go this route be sure to read it. ...


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PCI/PCI-Express (aka PCI-E) slots let you install expansion cards. Expansion cards give your computer additional capabilities. Some very common expansion cards were sound cards, 56k modems, and Ethernet adapters. You don't have to populate your PCI/PCI-E slots, but it is an option if you need to extend your hardware. Since the introduction of the PC in ...


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"There is nothing magical about 3TB drives.". True, but there is as soon as you hook it up to a USB bridge chip which is the magic that facilitates connectivity. A USB-attached device "speaks" the SCSI command set. This requires a protocol and command conversion. The problem is that since SCSI was first implemented decades ago, the most common commands, ...


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I believe the memory controller of the Intel HM55 chipset has this limit. Looks like a design fetaure/limit related to Intel's design. The exact model of your Protege 780 might result in some additional feedback from others


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There are really three options: Building, buying custom, buying pre-configured. If you measure the cost of components only, generally the cheapest option is to buy pre-configured as the large companies can buy components very much more cheaply than you or I can. Otherwise it is complete up to you based on your ability, interest, aptitude, etc. If you have ...


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You're correct. The corsair blog has a good post on this topic with the following image being a part of that post. The H100 will work in the same fashion. I use a H60 with push-pull to aid the radiator in dispersing the heat. Youtube also has a bunch of videos showing the H100 in push-pull configuration.


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Keep a hierarchy of needs in mind. Do you mostly game? Then you'll want the best CPU and graphics card you can afford. Those choices will determine the range of motherboards you can afford, which will affect RAM, connector possibilities, and other things, and everything combined will determine the sort of PSU you need. Do you absolutely need a specific port ...


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How do I find out if a given CPU and GPU will be enough? As mentioned here already, buy for the future. If you are looking at a CPU or a GPU that meets the minimum requirement (or even the recommended requirement) for the games you want, go another step up if your budget permits. You will thank yourself in the long run when you aren't building another PC in ...


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Yes, Mac OS X chews up RAM. I would highly recommend getting 4 GB for maximum performance. Also, the RAM is soldered onto the board, so once you buy you are stuck with what you get. For this reason, it's very strange that Apple is even shipping it with 2 GB. It's only $100 and it future proofs your Mac. Get it.


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For a period of time, I used a sony vaio tx that has a 11.1" lcd with 1366x768 resolution. 1 hour into working with it, my eyes started to tear, and I just told my colleagues that I was crying because i was broke and had no money for lunch. :) 1440x900 is a good resolution for a 15", trust me on that. Make sure the notebook has DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort out so ...


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Coding Horror has an awsome post on how to make a PC quieter Which includes Minimize the number of fans in your system Control the speed of your fans Dampen your hard drive Use noise-reduction materials. Starting with the right parts helps a lot. For specific items, http://www.silentpcreview.com is a good place to find information.


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I think you need to be looking at something like this bulk CD duplicator (UK site), which from the images look like they've got multiple CD/DVD burners in a tower case. At just under £300 it's not hideously expensive and would probably save you a whole swathe of time. There are 1 to 7 and 1 to 11 copiers available too, but these are (obviously) more ...



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